Still somewhat catching up on all the awesome places we’ve been to recently: Einstein’s Workshop in Burlington. http://www.einsteinsworkshop.com. This is a space for older kids – definitely for over three year olds up to adults. They have all the construction toys you have ever heard of and then some. There is a laser cutter and 3D printing (which I’m personally drooling over). They do classes in everything and birthday parties.
Einstein’s Workshop is an amazing space for kids to explore the creative side of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our goal is to expose young children to fun and engaging STEM activities so that they remain interested and engaged in STEM subjects as they progress from elementary school through high school. In addition, we are working particularly hard to inspire both girls and boys by creating classes for electronic fabric art and through a lasercut dollhouse/model home construction and decoration class. We currently offer science project classes, programming classes (Lego NXT, Scratch, etc), engineering classes such as 2D and 3D CAD design, electronics and circuit project classes, 3D printer and laser cutter project classes, math classes, and more. We offer classes to kids from kindergarten through high school and beyond, including training for FLL and JrFLL coaches. Einstein’s Workshop also features a drop-in creative/maker space for kids, where kids can build with various construction toys such as Legos, K’Nex, Anchor Blocks, Kapla Blocks, and where qualified kids can access our CAD lab, electronics workstations, Arduino projects, 3D printers, and 80-watt laser cutter.
A quick list of children’s craft books I am into at the moment. Alex, who turned 4 in Dec, is definitely able get something out of these. Jen still makes blobs a lot – though she surprised me by daintily painting just the wings, eyes, and feather tufts on an owl mask the other day. I’m looking forward to spring – can ya tell?
We went to Imajine That about a month ago and we’re all itching to head back there. Both Alex and Jen had a great time, and I got to enjoy a loooong nap afterwards. Awesome. Imajine That is an indoor play space in Lawrence, about 25 minutes north from Stoneham. There is lots of free parking and a huge variety of things to do for the kids. There is a huge climbing structure, a play supermarket, a bouncy house, a music room, an art room, a train table (<3), a postoffice, a reading/writing center, a stage with lots of costumes and props, a pirate ship with sails, and a very nice infant/toddler space. Oh, and a huge pretend supermarket.
I’ve never seen a place so lovingly put together. Is it odd that my favorite thing at this place are the columns wrapped and dressed up as trees? Anyhow, Alex’s favorite thing was the -um- everything. Jen liked the books. We even got to check out one of the events that are going on all the time. We made our own pizza
Make your very own pizza every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Imajine That! First, each child gets dressed in their chef hat and coat. Then, each child will make their very own kid sized cheese pizza with authentic ingedients provided by Salvatore’s. Cost: $5.00 per child. Price includes juice box and pizza making materials.
There are multiple events each day – everything from “Between the Lions” story time, face painting, and a “Peep and the Big Wide World” science workshops.
In partnership with WGBH, we have created the Peep and the Big Wide World Science Imajinators! Come explore everyday science concepts in a new and FUN way! Your child will love our exciting workshops which include: – “Bug hunt” – “Water Explorers” – “Color Mixers” – “The Air out There” – “Music Makers” – “Shadow Explorers” – “”Peep Feet” -” Animal Homes” And so much more! Admission to this event is FREE with admission to Imajine That!
I tried to convince Alex to join in a snow-globe making event, but at that point he was having “a moment”. Now I’m trying to figure out how to make those at home. We’ll also have to go back to try out the big bouncy house and playground. They look excellent, but Alex kept on being distracted by the train table…
You are not allowed to bring in outside food, but there is a well stocked cafe with everything from organic milk to pizza at very reasonable prices.
Here are some photos I took, and some from their website, because my iPhone died while we were there.
We had a total blast there yesterday and spent almost four hours and only played with maybe a tenth of what there is to see and do. We went to the Playspace, which is only for kids three years and under. That room alone has more toys to play with than I can remember. There’s a playhouse, a tree house, a car, an aquarium, a kitchen, a doll house, the world’s largest train table (that’s my own hyperbole), a separate area just for crawlers, a kitchen with dining area (AND FREE COFFEE FOR ADULTS), books, resources, puzzles, …
There is enough to see at the Boston Children’s Museum to keep us busy for many more wintery or rainy days…
Some handy hints: bring a complete change of clothing for each child. One of the best room at the museum is Peep’s World, which has a lot of water and sand tables. Also, there is usually some four hour on-street parking to be had around the area, as well as lots of parking buildings. It helps to bring warm clothing to walk to and from, as the museum is in a breezy location on the harbor.
There’s nothing better than a visit to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum on a warm, sunny fall day. Lots of space to run, lots of excellent sculptures to interact with, and today: a demonstration of SUPER big bubbles. Perfection for the 13 month old, the 34 month old, and the 426 month old. I recommend the chicken salad sandwich in the cafe, the tree with the eyes, the xylophone, and the big red man as those were Alex and Jen’s favorite things.
Here are lots of photos, because it’s that kind of place…
It’s been raining. We’ve been bored. We’ve been painting, and cutting, and gluing, and stamping, and sticking, and collecting.
Here is what we made: a car from a cardboard box painted, and pretty fall leaves glued to paper to make a tree, some stamping, a snowflake (OK, I made that one), Indian corn with buttons, and quite a few Halloween sticker decorations.
I learned a lot this afternoon. Alex was vaguely bored and looking for a creative outlet for his hammer (Mama, help me build a house). He really didn’t have any direction to move forward until I suggested building a tent. Thank heavens for that emergency coffee stashed away in the fridge. The usual tunnel-made-of-sofa-cushions didn’t cut it today, so I started getting all creative on him.
Today’s construction involved just two cushion and a blanket, so it was called a tent. At the mention of a tent I got all choked up thinking about all the camping and backpacking I had done in my youth (alright, it was only a couple of years ago, but I’m feeling a bit old right now). Alex and I drew a map to a treasure chest on an island with a mountain, with a cave. Then Alex stocked up his backpack with supplies (or as he called it pliers): a bottle of water, some crackers, some cookies, a flashlight, a book, and some toy cars. He sat in his tent for a little bit, had a snack, got some pillows to make it comfortable, had some more snack, and then was again stuck for direction.
I made a cave out of a sofa cushion and stocked it with a toy mouse and lizard. We pretended to go on a hike, following the map to the mountain and the cave. Alex checked out the cave with his flashlight. At this point I must have been busy with JenJen, because the next thing I know is that he has extracted the toy mouse with his pliers.
Wish I had the words to describe all the cognition and learning that went on this afternoon. It was awesome to watch: pretend play at its finest, building, drawing, integrating parts of a story, random leaps of logic, problem solving,… I am so amazed.